Glover, Glaspell and Nestor earn first-place finishes over the weekend

KEYSER—Five members of the Grafton Wrestling Club made their way to Keyser last Sunday, December 12, to compete in the Winter Storm Round Robin. 

This tournament is held with Madison style weight classes, according to club representatives. For this specific type of match, weight classes are based on what the wrestler weighs in at on the day of the event. Organizers then take all the wrestlers from an age group and put them in divisions based on those closest in weight.

Once the groups have been made, each wrestler has the opportunity to go head-to-head with everyone in their appointed groups, guaranteeing that each participate will hit the mats for at least three different matches. 

The five representing Grafton on the day were Bryson Swaney, Jayden Conrad, Isaiah Glaspell, Gaige Glover and Ian Glaspell. 

Glover (6u) and Ian Glaspell (10u) both went 3-0 on the day to claim first place finishes in their classes, while Swaney (8u) also had an impressive showing and earned a solid third place finish. 

Club organizers shared that the low number of participants was in part due to quarantines which were result of the current pandemic. 

After a week of rest and recuperating, the young wrestlers were back on the mats over the weekend doing what they love. 

On Saturday, the club was represented well, with 18 members taking part in the 33rd Annual Panther Classic, held in Clarksburg. 

Although Grafton didn’t yield any first-place finishes at the event, several wrestlers still managed to come home with top five finishes, against some of the toughest opponents they’ve faced yet. 

JW Nestor (10u, 90), Gage Mumpire (4u, 45/50) and Glover (6u, 55) all finished in second while Ian Glaspell (10u, HWT) and Luke Knotts (10u, 85) earned third place finishes. 

Rounding out the winnings for Grafton with fourth place finishes were Ryllee Talkington (10u,85), Hailey Nice(6u,45), Brayton Davis (10u, 95) and Swaney (8u,60). 

Isaiah Glaspell, Jobe Sheme, Jayden Conrad, Braden Miller, Max Griffin, Jack Taylor, Cylas Holmes, Max Kutscher and Holden Penland also had a great day of wrestling during the event. 

Then, on Sunday, 12 members would compete at the 2021 Pro Nurse Plus, in Morgantown, once again taking some big finishes, but more importantly representing the club and the county with excellent sportsmanship.

Nestor (10u,95/105) led the way for his team, wrestling at 91 pounds and being faced with opponents over 100, he strongarmed his way to a first-place finish in the class. 

Swaney (8u,55) landed in second place, and Nice (6u,40), Isaiah Glaspell (8u,60) and Knotts (8u,85) each made their way into the top, with fourth place finishes. 

While they didn’t place, Braden Miller, Gaige Glover, Max Griffin, Levin Muller, Julianna Austin, Jason Austin and Jobe Sheme also showed up and hustled hard on the mats. 

The club will be taking a short break for the holidays but will be right back at it to start the new year on January 2 at the Preston Open, before gearing up to host their only home tournament of the season, the 9th Annual Tony Williams Memorial, which is slated for January 15.


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